Stay in Bed – Do Yoga
Having trouble getting up for your morning practice? Just want to climb into bed instead of doing that evening meditation?
My advice: do it in bed.
In Kundalini Yoga, there is a short three-part morning exercise that we teach all of our teacher training students. It’s called the “Morning Wake-Up” series. It only takes 3 to 9 minutes and you can do it even before you get up for the day.
Wake-Up Series (courtesy of Pink Lotus)
How about those times you wake-up early, really early, and don’t want to start your day but can’t back to sleep? Do yoga. In bed. Propped up by a pillow. Under the covers.
In my international travels that take me across 6 to 8 time zones, I often wake-up in the very wee hours of the morning, like 1:30 in the morning. Kind of early for a regular morning sadhana, or even to get out of bed.
That’s when I sit up, cross my ankles, bring my arms over head, and knock-out 31 minutes of Sat Kriya.
Afterwards I sleep really well – until it’s time for morning sadhana!
Another chronologically challenging time to do yoga is late evening. You know that meditation would clear away the energies of the day and prepare you for sleep, but that bed looks a lot more tempting than that sheepskin on the floor.
I have a meditation for that. In bed. Under the sheets. Sitting up. It’s called (appropriately) the “Meditation to Make You Feel Cozy and Contented.”
Here’s how you do it:
And when you are done, slide down on your back, under the sheets, for a well-earned rest.
Your bed. It’s also for Yoga!